Are you ready for your next Jacques Cousteau adventure? These days you don't need to haul an enormous rig with a huge plexi glass enclosure to capture underwater footage. There are now a whole world of tiny video camera companions that don't mind getting a little (or lot) wet, making them a good choice if you're poolside or want a unit to bring to the beach....
Sanyo Xacti VPC-WH1
Though this model can only record video down to 10ft, a depth rating fair enough for pool use and offering the ability to ditch a cumbersome plastic waterproof case. The Xacti offers HD recording ( 2 megapixel photos and 720p video), about 200 minutes of recording time, and 30x optical zoom. Awarded with a full IPX8 certification for operating while fully submerged in water, this is a solid all-around, family trip model.
Coleman Waterproof HD Video Camera
Coleman is primarily known for their camping gear, so there's expectations this will be a rugged unit. 1080p HD video gives this camera an edge over the Sanyo and the 8MP pictures sounds like a good deal, but the tiny lens and 3X optical zoom is a let down in the image quality department. But like the Sanyo, Coleman's camera is waterproof up to 10 feet, but a very budget friendly $75.
This little camera even comes with a floating hand strap, so if you lose grip, you'll have a good chance of recovering your camera before it sets off for the high seas. 4GB memory card and 2.0" LCD screen provides a good POV (point of view) and the Playsport records in full 1080p. Built-in image stabilization will help you to get sharp footage and avoid the shakes in your movie.
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